Thanks for the info link to USA Today. Very interesting. It helps understand a little more what you were talking about.
Don't have the paper, but googled sleep deprivation in the ICU and came up with another interesting article on ICU psychosis... http://www.medicinenet.com/icu_psychosis/article.htmIt states that sleep deprivation could be a major contributing factor.
Nate, thanks for the leads on these articles! Dr. Ardehali at UCLA will actually be my tx surgeon.. hopefully soon! :)
here's the link for the icu articlehttp://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2008-02-04-ICU-sleep_N.htmand for the organ transplanthttp://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2008-02-04-transplant_N.htmhere's another interesting article on a new breakthroughhttp://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2008-01-24-transplants_N.htm
While in ICU after the birth of our son, my ADLs (bathing/dressing) were completed at 3 a.m. every single day. I barely slept the 9 days in ICU and it wasn't until I was given a sleeping pill on day 24 that I truly slept - and then did so the next 18 hours! My doctors always joked that if I wanted to sleep the hospital was not the place to be - how right they were. Keeping you all in our prayers.
I hope I can get those articles online since I'm in London, England - thanks for the info Nate!
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